British warships are patrolling on the Mediterranean side of the Gallipoli peninsula, blasting Turkish positions with their heavy guns. Although the Gallipoli campaign is currently in stalemate, the Allies hope that the guns of their ships will eventually wear down the Turks.
Britain’s enemies have other ideas. Today the old British battleship the Triumph is shelling Turkish positions when look-outs spot a submarine’s periscope some 300 to 400 yards to starboard. It is the U-21, a German U-boat The ship’s guns turn to fire on the periscope, but too late. The U-boat unleashes a submarine and Triumph is struck. It sinks rapidly. Most of the crew are rescued but some 78 men die with their ship.
The Germans are not the only possessors of submarines. Britain’s E11 has slipped through the Dardanelles and has preyed on Turkish shipping in the Sea of Marmara. Now, though it has sailed on to attack shipping in the port of Constantinople itself. Commander Nasmith, the E11‘s commander, hopes to catch the Goeben, the German battlecruiser that is now the flagship of the Turkish fleet. If the Goeben is sunk then the naval balance in the Black Sea will be completely changed to Russia’s advantage.
Unfortunately for Nasmith, the Goeben is not in port. So he satisfies himself by torpedoing the Stamboul, a Turkish transport vessel. The Stamboul has to run aground to avoid sinking.
The E11‘s attack on Constantinople is the first naval attack on the Ottoman capital in over a hundred years. Panic erupts in the city.
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